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Board Games (Our Bookseller Favourites of 2021)

Alright. We’ll admit that, on occasion, it’s nice to get something other than a book for Christmas.

Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of board games that are perfect as gifts on their own, or small games that can serve as stocking fillers to keep everyone going during that afternoon lull. We’ve even tested them ourselves to make sure they work, since we’re so dedicated to the cause. Here’s our curated list of board games that make perfect gifts this festive season (and they’re available from the shop too!).

Bananagrams by


£15.99


Stocking Fillers

Ages: 7+
Players: 1 – 8

The anagram game that drives you bananas!

Race to use all your letters in a word grid while others do the same.

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Exploding Kittens by


£19.99


Stocking Fillers

Ages: 7+
Players: 2-5 players

In this quick-playing and hilarious kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette – the most backed game in Kickstarter history – players draw cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game, while playing cards to avoid being caught in a feline explosion.

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Unstable Unicorns by


£19.99


Stocking Fillers

Ages: 14+
Players: 2 – 8

Build a unicorn army. Betray your friends. Unicorns are your friends now.

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Cortex Challenge by


£12.99


Stocking Fillers

Ages: 8+
Players: 2 – 6

The fast-paced, brain-busting card game that tests players’ memory, cognition and sensory perception! A variety of clever challenges will puzzle players of all ages.

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Jungle Speed by


£14.99


Stocking Fillers

Age: 7+

Players: 2 -1 0

The hilarious game of observation and quick reflexes! Players take turns revealing patterned cards; when two identical ones are revealed, it’s a race to grab the Totem… but you’d better be sure, because there are penalties for taking it out of turn.

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Love Letters by


£11.99


Stocking Fillers

Ages: 10+
Players: 2 – 6
Play Time: 20 minutes

In a quick game of risk and deduction, can you outwit your friends and earn the trust of the noble Princess?

A revamped edition of the acclaimed card game, two new cards add delicious new flavour to your courtly intrigues.

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UNO by


£9.99


Stocking Fillers

Ages: 7+
Players: 2 – 10

The classic family card game of trying to run out of cards! Easy to pick up… impossible to put down.

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Yahtzee by


£12.99


Stocking Fillers

Ages: 8+
Players: 2+

The classic dice game of rolling up to three times to try to make the best combinations!

Ness:

Yahtzee is a companionable game that requires little concentration, and little knowledge or skill, as it is mostly based on luck on the dice rolls, and on strategic decisions on how to make the most of each individual hand. Certain combinations of numbers award higher amounts of points, and the overall results determine who wins. It’s a great game to casually roll dice while catching up with friends, and there is no player limit.

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Codenames: Duet by


£16.99


Gifts

Ages: 11+
Players: 2 or more

You and your partner are on a secret mission to a crowded city.
Your objective: to contact 15 agents while avoiding a band of enemy assassins.

You know the agents that your partner can contact safely. Your partner knows the agent you can contact safely. By giving each other one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table, you try to find all the agents before your turns run out.

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Edible Flowers 1000 Piece Puzzle by Galison, Olga Akbarova

Published: 16th Sep '21
Jigsaw
£14.99


Gifts

The Edible Flowers 1000 Piece Puzzle features colorful illustrations of beautiful petals we can eat, including the pansy, dandelion, carnation, and marigold.

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7 Wonders - Duel by


£22.99


Gifts

Age: 10+
Players: 2 players

The award-winning 7 Wonders is transformed into an intense two-player face-off.

Draft cards from the market with careful timing, engage in military rivalry and build your wonders!

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Carcassonne by


£34.99


Gifts

Ages: 7+
Players: 2-5

With millions of copies sold worldwide, Cascassonne has become a modern classic with its simple and varied gameplay. Place tiles and score points from the ever-growing medieval landscape.

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Catan by


£44.99


Gifts

Age: 10+
Players: 3-4

The legendary game of trading and development! Travel to a rich island and put down settlements, harvest and trade resources and invest in upgrades to become the most prosperous colony around.

Ness:

A true classic amongst board games, I like the versatility of Catan, as it can be played semi-collaboratively with people entering alliances and trading resources amicably, or it can be an all-out war where cards only leave hands when they are stolen by another player. Certain combinations of resources allow the player to build different things and win victory points. A great pick for a small group of strategically minded players.

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Catan: Rise of the Inkas by


£64.99


Gifts

Age: 10+
Players: 3-4

The legendary game of trading and development! Travel to a rich island and put down settlements, harvest and trade resources and invest in upgrades to become the most prosperous colony around.

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Dixit (2021 Refresh) by


£29.99


Gifts

Age: 8+
Players: 3-8 players

Each round, one player gives a clue to an abstract art card with the aim of having at least one player – but not everyone! – guess correctly.

Ness:

Filled to brim with whimsical, dreamlike illustrations, Dixit is a game for storytellers. Each card is a prompt for endless descriptions, and the only limit is your imagination. With a wealth of expansion packs to add into the pool of cards, it has the potential to keep inspiring players forever.

 

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Dixit: Odyssey by


£34.99


Gifts

Age: 8+
Players: Up to 12

A picture is worth a thousand words!

Playable both as a standalone game and as an expansion for Dixit, Odyssey expands the game of abstract clues to up to 12 players and includes variant rules, as well as adding 84 new cards!

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Mysterium Park by


£23.99


Gifts

Age: 10+
Players: 2-6 players

Investigate the disappearance of the director of a 1950s fairground where nothing is as it seems!

This standalone game offers a shorter, more streamlined version of the cooperative deduction game Mysterium, with a new setting, characters and cards offering fresh challenges for those who have played the longer original.

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Just One by


£17.99


Gifts

Age: 8+
Players: 3-7 players

A party game of creative word association!

Every round, each player secretly writes a one-word clue to the mystery word on one player’s card, then that player will guess the mystery word.

The twist: if two or more players write down the same clue, it can’t be shown to the guesser!

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Scrabble: Original by


£20.99


Gifts

Ages: 10+
Players: 2-4

Create new connections – to words, to friends, to family – with this worldwide favourite.

Use letter tiles to make words by crossing the words already on the board. Cross premium squares to maximise your score.
The highest score wins!

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Counter Attack: The football strategy game by


£35


Gifts

Ages: 10+

Players: 2

This is Counter Attack…and you are the football manager!

Can you handle the pressure of playing every move on the pitch? Will your tactics crumble in the heat of the match or will you stick to your game plan and lead your team to glory?

Pick your squad from 46 unique players and make every pass, dribble, tackle, shot and save in a 90 minute match that will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Ticket to Ride: Europe by


£39.99


Gifts

Age: 8+
Players: 2-5 players

This standalone variant of the original Ticket to Ride adds ferries, tunnels and stations as players race to connect cities and fulfil tickets across Europe.
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